ALBUQUERQUE, NM—It’s a case of good news/bad news for New Mexico’s children in the 2019 New Mexico Kids Count Data Book. Here is a statement from New Mexico Voices for Children:
The most notable change in the annual accounting of child well-being, which is being released today by New Mexico Voices for Children (see below for information on the press conference call) is an improvement in child poverty rates. The data book also shows that teen birth rates, child health insurance rates, and preschool attendance, among other indicators, have also improved over time.
But that’s countered by the bad news. While our child poverty rate has improved – from 27% in last year’s data book to 26% in this year’s report – New Mexico now ranks 49th in the nation on this indicator – that’s down from 48th. And we’ve still not fully recovered from the recession, as 5,000 more children live in poverty now than did in 2008. Young children, and Hispanic and Native American children all fare worse on the child poverty indicator (with 28%, 30% and 41% living in poverty, respectively).